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Belfast director wins Oscar for film shot in County Down

Well-known Belfast director Terry George has received an Oscar for his short film 'The Shore, in the live action short category.

'The Shore' was filmed on Terry George's family cottage at Coney Island near Ardglass, in County Down.

It stars major Northern Ireland actors, including Ciaran Hinds, Maggie Cronin and Conleth Hill.

Mr George was twice previously nominated for his screenplays for 'Hotel Rwanda' and 'In the Name of the Father'.

He paid tribute to the people of Northern Ireland after receiving the Oscar.

"Our little film was inspired by the people of Northern Ireland, Protestant and Catholic, who after 30 years of war, sat down, negotiated a peace and proved to the world that the Irish are great talkers," he said.

"I want to dedicate this to them.

"This is about reconciliation in Northern Ireland, it is really close to my heart."

The Shore is about a man who emigrated to America 25 years ago to escape the Troubles and is now bringing his daughter back to meet his childhood friends, while harbouring a dark secret.

Find out more about the film at www.theshorefilm.com.

Belfast City & Greater Belfast News

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